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got lost • business • match book
merry • intense
  1. Would you like to live in an city or would you prefer a calmer location?
  2. My position at work changed recently so I need to get some new cards made.
  3. We on the way to the art museum, but we found this really cute shop.
  4. I don't have a lighter, but I think there's a on the table.
  5. I waited for you for about 30 minutes and then I went on my way.
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448 Travel Tips
Greg gives travel tips on how not to get lost in a new location.

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getting lost

Getting lost happens all the time, and you have to prepare for that.

When you 'get lost' you travel to a place where you don't know where you are or how to return to where you started. Notice the following:

  1. You should get a GPS because it's very easy to get lost in the city.
  2. Do you get lost easily?

business card

When I go to a hotel, I ask for a map of the area or I get a business card.

A 'business card' is a piece of paper that has the contact information for a person or place. Notice the following:

  1. Let me give you my mobile number because it's not on my business card.
  2. You should give me your business card and I'll give you a call later this week.

match book

Sometimes, I get a match book from the hotel to where I'll be returning.

A 'match book' is a pack of matches that come in a small paper folder that has the name or address of a place written on it. These are used as an advertisement. Notice the following:

  1. We want to have some match books made with our logo on it.
  2. The have a basket full of match books by the front door.

go off on my merry way

After I get the stuff I need, then I go off on my merry way.

The phrase 'go off on my merry way' is used to say that you left a place to do your own thing. It is an informal phrase. Notice the following:

  1. Let's meet for a few minutes so I can explain everything to you and then we can both go off on our merry ways.
  2. Just answer the question and I will leave you alone and go off on my merry way.

pretty intense city

I got lost in Bangkok and it was terrible, because it's a pretty intense city.

If a city is 'pretty intense' it means that there is a lot of activity going on and probably a lot of people. Anything that is 'pretty intense' has a lot for the senses to take in and analyze. Notice the following:

  1. Saigon is a pretty intense city, so some days you just want to go to a quiet, calm place.
  2. I've been to quite a few large cities in my life, but Mexico City was a pretty intense city.